A majority of Phoenix homeowners will tell you they’re constantly looking for ways to improve their indoor comfort without increasing energy costs. The problem is, not many of them know what new heat pumps can do. When you live in an environment with extreme temperatures, you most certainly do what you can to keep the hot and cold air outside. Especially when summer temperatures reach 120 plus and the winter months dip below freezing. The cheap way many homes are built in the valley of the sun makes it easy for dry and arid air to enter.
This causes residents to use most of their home improvement budgets on home efficiency upgrades instead of additions or build-outs. It’s also why swimming pools, outdoor fire pits and quality entryways are much more appreciated in the desert. While other states definitely have their weather-filled frustrations, the amount of dust and debris in the Phoenix air creates a desire for a fresh and comfortable indoor climate that doesn’t break the bank.
What Does a Heat Pump Do Exactly?
While there are plenty of improvement projects that’ll improve the performance of your heating and cooling system, new heats pumps can easily take the cake. But before we explain why, let’s talk a little bit about how they work. New heat pumps give home and business owners an alternative to their air conditioning unit. By gathering heat from water, the ground or outside air, a heat pump concentrates it for indoor use. When it’s summertime, it reverses it’s course and acts like an air conditioner by removing heat from your home.
Trane describes the process as, “constantly moving warm air from one place to another.” An air-source heat pump is probably the most common heat pump on the market. If you ask any of our customers, they’ll be the first to tell you that installing new heat pumps with variable-speed options is your best best to beat the Phoenix heat. So let’s talk about why this is.
Single-stage Cooling Heat Pumps
When it comes to a single-stage heat pump, a common identifier is that they’re either “on” or “off.” These units generate just enough cooled air to reach the thermostat setting before powering down. When the indoor temperature goes up a few degrees, single stage heat pumps are basically made to cycle back on in order to restore the temperature to the desired setting.
If you’re looking for new heat pumps that will maximize your HVAC and electricity efficiency, then we recommend that you stay away from this single stage products. The problem with spending money on new heat pumps like these is the simple fact they usually create a number of hot and cold spots in Phoenix properties. This forces home and business owners to constantly adjust the thermostat manually. The repetitive cycling also causes quite a bit of equipment wear and tear while consuming excessive amounts of energy.
New Heat Pumps with Two-stage Cooling
Two-stage cooling pumps have two modes: high and low. The low setting essentially maintains the desired temperatures of your property eighty percent of the time. A common concern with this setting though is that it has longer run times. While it will help eliminate the uncomfortable temperature swings that single-stage systems usually create, it’s still not the most effective way to improve your cooling and energy efficiency.
At the same time, two-stage cooling will eventually save energy because it doesn’t have to operate at full speed very often. If you have a top-of-the-line air conditioning system and not a lot of square footage to cover, then new heat pumps with two stages should get you by.
Variable-speed Cooling Heat Pumps
The best part about new heat pumps with variable speed motors is they rarely run at full capacity. Since we make a living keeping Arizona properties cool, we know a little bit about indoor Phoenix climates. With that being said, fifty percent capacity is most always enough to achieve the desired comfort levels inside your home or business.
Variable-speed technology can precisely orchestrate air flow throughout your home to maintain consistent comfortability indoors. Some systems even have the capability to adjust to temperature fluctuations as small as 1/2 degree. They use only the precise motor speeds needed to maintain thermostat settings.
New heat pumps with variable-speed motors may run continuously without cycling while consuming 1/5th of the energy consumed by single-stage systems. It’s kind of the perfect example of going big or going home. If you really want to impact your bottom line over time then a premier heat pump is well worth it.
The Main Benefits of Heat Pumps With Variable Speed Motors
- The cooling system easily reduces energy usage simply by avoiding continuous cycling.
- Indoor humidity levels can easily be maintained between 30 and 50 percent.
- Reduce airborne contaminants with greater air circulation and increased air filtration.
- Eliminate hot or cold spots inside the property that will overwork HVAC systems.
- An ability to set the lowest effective motor speeds drastically decreases energy costs.
Learn More About Upgrading Heat Pumps to Improve Efficiency.
If it seems like we’re trying to push the idea of new heat pumps on you, then we don’t want you to feel that way. We understand that your comfort at home can depend on how comfortable you are with home purchases. It can be tough to live in a house full of bad decisions. We know there are plenty of options to improve the efficiency of your home and most companies swear their solution is the best. But in order for you to make a confident decision, you have to trust that the seller has your best interest at heart.
Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing has been in Sun City for more than 30 years and we’ll still be here when new heat pumps cross your mind. If you have concerns about your current unit or questions about some of our new heat pumps, one of our specialists would be more than happy to help. At the end of the day, we want to earn your trust and prove to you that we care. You can visit us at our local store in Sun City or give us a call at (623) 201-5118 to schedule a free consultation or receive a quote.